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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535435/multi-segmental-thoracic-spine-kinematics-measured-dynamically-in-the-young-and-elderly-during-flexion
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Dominika Ignasiak, Andrea Rüeger, Stephen J Ferguson
In contrast to the cervical and lumbar region, the normal kinematics of the thoracic spine have not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study was to characterize normal multi-segmental continuous motion of the whole thoracolumbar spine, during a flexion maneuver, in young and elderly subjects. Forty-two healthy volunteers were analyzed: 21 young (age=27.00±3.96) and 21 elderly (age=70.1±3.85). Spinal motion was recorded with a motion-capture system and analyzed using a 3rd order polynomial function to approximate spinal curvature throughout the motion sequence...
May 20, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535429/high-speed-video-analysis-of-forward-and-backward-spattered-blood-droplets
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P M Comiskey, A L Yarin, D Attinger
High-speed videos of blood spatter due to a gunshot taken by the Ames Laboratory Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC) [1] are analyzed. The videos used in this analysis were focused on a variety of targets hit by a bullet which caused either forward, backward, or both types of blood spatter. The analysis process utilized particle image velocimetry (PIV) and particle analysis software to measure drop velocities as well as the distributions of the number of droplets and their respective side view area. The results of this analysis revealed that the maximal velocity in the forward spatter can be about 47±5m/s and for the backward spatter - about 24±8m/s...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535116/is-mannitol-the-treatment-of-choice-for-patients-with-ciguatera-fish-poisoning
#3
Michael E Mullins, Robert S Hoffman
CONTEXT: Ciguatera fish poisoning arises primarily from consumption of carnivorous reef fish caught in tropical and sub-tropical waters. Ciguatoxins, a class of tasteless, heat-stable, polycyclic toxins produced by dinoflagellates, accumulate through the food chain and concentrate in various carnivorous fish, such as groupers, barracudas, wrasses, amberjack, kingfishes, and eels. Characteristics of ciguatera fish poisoning include early nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in the first one to two days post ingestion, followed by the appearance of sensory disturbances...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534926/asymmetric-bead-aggregation-for-microfluidic-immunodetection
#4
Sunggu Kim, Sanghoon Han, Junghoon Lee
We report an asymmetric immunoaggregation assay for rapid, label-free, and sub-picomolar protein detection. Asymmetric immunoaggregated beads (AIBs) are formed when binding occurs between 1 μm magnetic (MG) and 2.8 μm polystyrene (PS) beads coated with specific antibodies for a target antigen. Detection of such aggregation is achieved by optical monitoring of AIBs in a flow under an external magnetic field. AIBs are attracted to the upper surface of the microchannel by a magnetic field and made to slide along the surface by a flow drag force...
May 23, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534857/optimization-based-sensor-fusion-of-gnss-and-imu-using-a-moving-horizon-approach
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Fabian Girrbach, Jeroen D Hol, Giovanni Bellusci, Moritz Diehl
The rise of autonomous systems operating close to humans imposes new challenges in terms of robustness and precision on the estimation and control algorithms. Approaches based on nonlinear optimization, such as moving horizon estimation, have been shown to improve the accuracy of the estimated solution compared to traditional filter techniques. This paper introduces an optimization-based framework for multi-sensor fusion following a moving horizon scheme. The framework is applied to the often occurring estimation problem of motion tracking by fusing measurements of a global navigation satellite system receiver and an inertial measurement unit...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534809/an-improved-rd-algorithm-for-maneuvering-bistatic-forward-looking-sar-imaging-with-a-fixed-transmitter
#6
Yue Yuan, Si Chen, Huichang Zhao
In order to improve the azimuth resolution beyond what monostatic synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can achieve in the forward-looking area, an asymmetric configuration bistatic SAR system and its imaging algorithm are proposed in this paper. The transmitter is mounted on a fixed platform in side-looking mode while the receiver moves along a nonlinear trajectory in forward-looking mode. Due to the high velocity and acceleration of the maneuvering platform in both along-track and height direction, the traditional algorithms are no longer applicable...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534713/the-influence-of-thermal-comfort-on-the-quality-of-life-of-nursing-home-residents
#7
Ana Mendes, Ana Luísa Papoila, Pedro Carreiro-Martins, Lívia Aguiar, Stefano Bonassi, Iolanda Caires, Teresa Palmeiro, Álvaro Silva Ribeiro, Paula Neves, Cristiana Pereira, Amália Botelho, Nuno Neuparth, João Paulo Teixeira
Thermal comfort (TC) parameters were measured in 130 rooms from nursing homes (NH), following ISO 7730:2005 in order to evaluate the influence of winter season TC indices on quality of life (QoL) in older individuals. Mean radiant temperature (mrT), predicted mean vote (PMV) and predicted percent of dissatisfied people (PPD) indices, and the respective measurement uncertainties were calculated using Monte Carlo Method. The WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire was conducted from September 2012 to April 2013, during the winter season TC sampling campaign...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534657/body-mass-index-is-inversely-associated-with-arterial-stiffness-in-chinese-adults-with-primary-hypertension-results-from-the-china-stroke-primary-prevention-trial-csppt
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Mohetaboer Momin, Jian-Ping Li, Yan Zhang, Fang-Fang Fan, Xi-Ping Xu, Xin Xu, Bin-Yan Wang, Wen-Bin Yang, Li-Ling Xie, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to elucidate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the presence of arterial stiffness in rural-dwelling Chinese adults with primary hypertension. METHODS: Primary hypertension patients (n = 19,375) receiving an average of 4.5 years of antihypertension therapy were selected from the Chinese Stroke Primary Prevention Trial (mean age: 64.7 ± 7.4 years, male: 37.8%). Anthropometric, demographic, hemodynamic, and biochemical data were obtained...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534649/a-meta-analytical-comparison-of-atenolol-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-on-arterial-stiffness-peripheral-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-in-hypertensive-patients
#9
Hong Xie, Gaoqing Luo, Yong Zheng, Feng Peng, Liangdi Xie
OBJECTIVES: This meta-analysis of randomized parallel controlled trials was designed to compare the efficacy of atenolol with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) in changing pulse wave velocity (PWV), peripheral blood pressure and heart rate (HR) among patients with essential hypertension. METHODS: This study was conducted according to the PRISMA guideline. Data collection was independently completed by two investigators. Statistical analyses were completed by Stata software (v12...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534242/lvot-vti-is-a-useful-indicator-of-low-ventricular-function-in-young-patients
#10
Manchula Navaratnam, Rajesh Punn, Chandra Ramamoorthy, Theresa A Tacy
Left ventricular outflow tract velocity time integral (LVOT-VTI), a Doppler-derived measure of stroke distance, is used as a surrogate marker of cardiac function in adults. LVOT-VTI is easily obtained, independent of ventricular geometry and wall motion abnormalities. We investigated the relationship between LVOT-VTI and conventional measures of function in young patients by comparing controls to children with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Sixty-two healthy and 52 DCM patients over 1 year were studied retrospectively...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534058/freezability-of-water-buffalo-spermatozoa-is-improved-with-the-addition-of-catalase-in-cryodiluent
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L Ali, S M Hassan Andrabi, H Ahmed, A A Hussain Shah
BACKGROUND: Catalase enzyme is usually distributed in mammalian seminal plasma, where it decomposes hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen and enhances sperm survivability. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of catalase (0, 100, 200 or 300 IU/ml) added in tris-citric acid (TCA) based extender on motion characteristics, viability and DNA integrity of bubaline spermatozoa at post dilution (PD) and post thawing (PT) stages of cryopreservation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Collection of semen was done in four Nili-Ravi bulls with an artificial vagina (42 degree C)...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533981/effects-of-knee-sleeves-on-coordination-of-lower-limb-segments-in-healthy-adults-during-level-walking-and-one-leg-hopping
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Chang-Yong Ko, Yunhee Chang, Bora Jeong, Sungjae Kang, Jeicheong Ryu, Gyoosuk Kim
The evaluation of multisegment coordination is important in gaining a better understanding of the gait and physical activities in humans. Therefore, this study aims to verify whether the use of knee sleeves affects the coordination of lower-limb segments during level walking and one-leg hopping. Eleven healthy male adults participated in this study. They were asked to walk 10 m on a level ground and perform one-leg hops with and without a knee sleeve. The segment angles and the response velocities of the thigh, shank, and foot were measured and calculated by using a motion analysis system...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533609/gait-abnormalities-in-patients-with-chronic-ankle-instability-can-improve-following-a-non-invasive-biomechanical-therapy-a-retrospective-analysis
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Shay Tenenbaum, Ofir Chechik, Jason Bariteau, Nathan Bruck, Yiftah Beer, Mazen Falah, Ganit Segal, Amit Mor, Avi Elbaz
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to evaluate the changes in gait patterns and clinical outcomes of patients with chronic ankle instability (CAI) following treatment with a home-based non-invasive biomechanical device. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty-three patients with CAI were compared with 43 healthy controls. Patients underwent a spatiotemporal gait assessment before and three months following treatment. Clinical evaluation was recorded with SF-36 Health Survey and the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS)...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533603/comparison-of-accelerometer-based-and-treadmill-based-analysis-systems-for-measuring-gait-parameters-in-healthy-adults
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Seung-Yeop Lim, Wan-Hee Lee
[Purpose] This study aimed to determine the correlation between accelerometer-based and treadmill-based analysis systems for measuring gait parameters during comfortable walking in healthy young adults. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-three healthy adults participated in this study. Gait parameters were measured with simultaneous use of accelerometer-based and treadmill-based gait analysis systems, while participants walked for 30 s. [Results] There was a highly-significant correlation between the two systems with respect to cadence and velocity...
April 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533317/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-illicit-anabolic-androgenic-steroid-use
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Aaron L Baggish, Rory B Weiner, Gen Kanayama, James I Hudson, Michael T Lu, Udo Hoffmann, Harrison G Pope
BACKGROUND: Millions of individuals have used illicit anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), but the long-term cardiovascular associations of these drugs remain incompletely understood. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional cohort design, we recruited 140 experienced male weightlifters 34 to 54 years of age, comprising 86 men reporting ≥2 years of cumulative lifetime AAS use and 54 nonusing men. Using transthoracic echocardiography and coronary computed tomography angiography, we assessed 3 primary outcome measures: left ventricular (LV) systolic function (left ventricular ejection fraction), LV diastolic function (early relaxation velocity), and coronary atherosclerosis (coronary artery plaque volume)...
May 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533019/the-in-vitro-effect-of-nonylphenol-propranolol-and-diethylstilbestrol-on-quality-parameters-and-oxidative-stress-in-sterlet-acipenser-ruthenus-spermatozoa
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Olena Shaliutina, Ievgeniia Gazo, Anna Shaliutina-Kolešová, Ievgen Lebeda, Marek Rodina
The sturgeon is a highly endangered fish mostly due to over-fishing, habitat destruction, and water pollution. Nonylphenol (NP), propranolol (PN), and diethylstilbestrol (DES) are multifunctional xenobiotic compounds used in a variety of commercial and industrial products. The mechanism by which these xenobiotic compounds interfere with fish reproduction is not fully elucidated. This study assessed the effect of NP, PN, and DES on motility parameters, membrane integrity, and oxidative/antioxidant status in sterlet Acispenser ruthenus spermatozoa...
May 19, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532841/quality-and-fertility-of-frozen-ovine-spermatozoa-from-epididymides-stored-at-room-temperature-18-25%C3%A2-%C3%A2-c-for-up-to-48%C3%A2-h-post-mortem
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Tácia Gomes Bergstein-Galan, Romildo Romualdo Weiss, Melina Andrea F Bertol, Ana Cláudia M R Abreu, Eduarda Busato, Luiz E Kozicki, Sony Dimas Bicudo
This study investigates the effect of time of storage of epididymides at room temperature and the addition of 20% of seminal plasma to the cryopreservation extender, on post thaw quality and fertility of ovine spermatozoa collected from the cauda epididymis. Spermatic kinetics, integrity and the stability of plasma membrane, damage to the acrosome and fertility following laparoscopic artificial insemination were evaluated in samples collected in an artificial vagina (AV) and from epididymides stored at room temperature for zero (G0), six (G6), twelve (G12), twenty-four (G24) and forty-eight (G48) hours post mortem...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532541/-analysis-of-growth-curve-type-in-pulmonary-nodules-with%C3%A2-different-characteristics
#18
Xinyue Wang, Rongcheng Han, Fangfang Guo, Xinling Li, Wensong Zheng, Qing Wang, Wenjing Song, Tielian Yu, Ying Wang
BACKGROUND: Background and objective Follow up by computed tomography (CT) and growth evaluation are routine methods for the differential diagnosis of indeterminate pulmonary nodules in clinical practice. Pulmonary nodules with diverse biological behaviors may show different growth patterns and velocities. The aim of this study is to identify the volume growth curve of both benign and malignant pulmonary nodules. This work also intends to determine these nodules' growth patterns and provide evidence for the establishment of a follow-up strategy...
May 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532415/hemodynamic-changes-caused-by-acupuncture-in-healthy-volunteers-a-prospective-single-arm-exploratory-clinical-study
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Tae-Hun Kim, Boncho Ku, Jang-Han Bae, Jae-Young Shin, Min-Ho Jun, Jung Won Kang, Junghwan Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee, Jaeuk U Kim
BACKGROUND: Radial pressure pulse wave (RPPW) examination has been a key diagnostic component of traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in RPPW along with various hemodynamic variables after acupuncture stimulation and to examine the validity of pulse diagnosis as a modern diagnostic tool. METHODS: We conducted acupuncture stimulation at both ST36 acupuncture points in 25 healthy volunteers. We simultaneously assessed the RPPW by pulse tonometry; heart rate variability (HRV) by electrocardiogram; photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals, respiration rate, peripheral blood flow velocity and arterial depth by ultrasonography; and cardiac output by impedance cardiography, before, during and after a session of acupuncture stimulation...
May 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532284/does-performance-level-affect-initial-ball-flight-kinematics-in-finger-and-wrist-spin-cricket-bowlers
#20
Wayne Spratford, David Whiteside, Bruce Elliott, Marc Portus, Nicholas Brown, Jacqueline Alderson
Spin bowling plays a fundamental role within the game of cricket yet little is known about the initial ball kinematics in elite and pathway spin bowlers or their relationship to performance. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to record three-dimensional ball kinematics in a large and truly high level cohort of elite and pathway finger-spin (FS) and wrist-spin (WS) bowlers, identifying potential performance measures that can be subsequently used in future research. A 22-camera Vicon motion analysis system captured retro-reflective markers placed on the seam (static) and ball (dynamic) to quantify ball kinematics in 36 FS (12 elite and 24 pathway) and 20 WS (eight elite and 12 pathway) bowlers...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
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